Jun 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog

Masters Programs

Master of Public Health

The MPH program follows a cohort model, where students progress through their curriculum together. 

The goal of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. You will be trained in a variety of disciplines related to the development and provision of public health services; learn to recognize the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of the public; have the knowledge to take a leading role in developing social policies that encourage and foster healthy group and individual behaviors in a community. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations. The following represent the core courses of the master of public health degree.

Public Health Practice: Combines the core components of Community Health, Health Management & Policy, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Epidemiology: Investigates the demographic and social trends of diseases and injury to determine their causes, what the risks are, who is at risk and how to prevent further incidences.

Maternal & Child Health: Identifies and evaluates major determinants of maternal health and child health, and strategies for improving the health of mothers and children, including program planning and evaluation, research methods, and policy analysis at the local, state, national and international levels.


Master of Science


The Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in Biostatistics (36 credit hours) is designed to train students in foundations of statistical theory as well as applications of statistical methods for use in public health, medicine, or other health related fields.  The program focuses on the skills for data management, statistical analysis, interpretation of analytical results, presentation of the findings, and scientific communication.  In addition to the fundamental courses in biostatistics, students in this program will take coursework in three areas currently in high demand in biostatistics: Bayesian data analysis, statistical genetics, and clinical trials.  After completion of the program, there will be excellent career opportunities for those wishing to pursue positions in local, state, and federal health agencies, health and medical centers, health care and clinical research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. In addition to the general MS admissions requirements, applicants to this program are expected to have a solid background in univariate calculus, multivariate calculus, and linear algebra. 


The Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in Epidemiology (36 credit hours) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers in public health or other health related fields.  By the end of the program, students will have a foundational understanding of epidemiologic methods, causal theories and causal inference, applications of biostatistics, the design and conduct of epidemiologic studies, and the ability to communicate scientific information to lay and professional audiences.  As the culminating experience of the program, students will work closely with faculty to address complex public health issues and make contributions to the research literature by writing a publishable paper that meets the current standards for publication in refereed journals.  Graduates of the program are likely to assume research-oriented positions such as research administrators, program managers, analysts, and evaluators in academia, health departments, governmental agencies, and private sectors.  The program also provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in epidemiology. 

Health Behavior Research

The Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Behavior Research (36 credit hours) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers in public health or other health related fields. By the end of the program, students will have a foundational understanding of multi-level health behavior theory, data analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods, community needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, and the ability to communicate scientific information to lay and professional audiences. As the culminating experience of the program, students will write a discovery-based paper that meets current standards for publication in refereed journals. Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply to doctoral degree programs in health behavior research or to pursue research staff positions in health and medical centers, public health departments, governmental agencies, and the private sector.
Students in the MS degree program in Public Health Sciences are admitted in Fall Semesters as a cohort.

Master of Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration program is designed to prepare students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders. The program is also committed to the improvement of health services through health services research and community engagement within complex health-related organizations. The 60 credit hour program is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interested in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, government agencies; for-profit and nonprofit sector organizations.

Full-time enrollment is required for all cohort programs, i.e., MPH, MS, and MHA. Students in the MPH and MS programs are expected to graduate in five consecutive semesters. Students in the MHA program are expected to graduate in either five or six consecutive semesters, depending upon when they decide, with advising, to complete their internship. Students follow a weekly calendar of curricular and co-curricular activity that occupies 8-hour blocks of time, Monday through Friday. Students are strictly prohibited from holding employment off-campus during semesters in which they are enrolled in courses.

The Health Science Center is a member of SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). Students may apply online at www.sophas.org. The School of Public Health (SPH) admits in the fall term only with the exception of the online 48 SCH and the online 42 SCH that both admit year round.

The admission priority deadlines are outlined below. It is recommended that non-U.S. citizens apply well in advance of these deadlines to allow for the preparation of immigration documents.

Campus MPH

Semester Admission Priority Deadline
Fall 2018 March 15, 2018

Online MPH

Semester Admission Deadline
Fall I July 1
Fall II September 1
Spring I November 15
Spring II February 1
Summer  April 15

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution,
  • Submit an application to SPH via SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) at www.sophas.org, or HAMPCAS (Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Services) at www.hampcas.org for Health Administration applicants.
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended,
  • Submit official scores from one of the following graduate admission examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Pharmacy School Admissions Test (PCAT). The examination requirement is waived for applicants possessing a professional doctoral degree with a license to practice in the United States, or who have completed a masters degree with a 3.2 GPA at a regionally accredited college. 
  • Applicants with foreign transcripts must also include an official WES transcript evaluation report listing course-by-course U.S. grade point equivalencies.
  • International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being granted admission. Minimum TOEFL exam requirements: written=550; computer-based= 213; internet-based=85. The TOEFL is waived if the applicant has earned a high school diploma or a bachelor or master degree from an accredited institution within the United States or Canada.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (referencing the chosen concentration of study) 
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

In addition to the MPH admissions requirements above, applicants to the 48 hr Online program must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants with an advanced degree e.g., PhD, DO, MD, JD, MSN, MBA, PA; or
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a master's degree program other than an MPH; or
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program; or
  • Three years of work experience in the health professions

Once an offer of admission has been extended to an international applicant, the Health Science Center will not issue immigration papers for student visas until the following documents have been received and approved by the Health Science Center:

  • Proof of financial resources

Admissions Decisions and Deferments for Applicants

Applicants will be furnished written notification regarding their admission status by the SPH Office of Admissions. Statements by other Health Science Center personnel concerning the applicant's admissibility are not valid until confirmed in writing by the SPH Office of Admissions.

Applicants who are admitted to a degree program and plan to enroll are required to submit an Admission Decision Form along with a non-refundable $200 assurance fee that will be used toward tuition upon arrival. Applicants admitted to a degree program that do not intend to enroll in the semester for which they applied must contact the SPH Office of Admissions to request a deferment. Deferments must be made in writing and cannot exceed one year from the original acceptance date. There is a non-refundable deferment fee of $300 that will be used toward tuition upon arrival; the deferment fee is due at the time the request is made.

Information submitted in the application materials must be complete and correct. Prospective and current students must notify the proper institution officials regarding any changes in the information provided on their application. Falsification or omission of any information on the application documents will void a student's admission, cancel their enrollment, and/or result in appropriate disciplinary action.

All materials submitted during the application process become the property of the Health Science Center and cannot be returned.

Financial Assistance

The SPH Dean offers a limited number of competitive scholarships & graduate assistantships positions to new incoming students each fall semester. To be considered applicants must have completed and submitted their fall admission application through SOPHAS by the March 15th priority application deadline. Please note that all application materials must be received by the application service well enough in advance for the service to complete the coursework verification process to meet the March 15 deadline. Other financial assistance may be available through the Office of Financial Aid.